A chronicle of British Merchant Navy sea
schools is available for download as a pdf. It begins with the establishment
of the Royal Mathematical School at Christ’s Hospital in
1673, and it then steps down through history to the latter part
of the twentieth century – by which time the British Merchant
Navy had gone into terminal decline.
The 1950 prospectus for the Cadet School Ship
HMS Conway is a comprehensive document, which includes some excellent
photographs. Details on the scholarships available and the
twenty-six "principal Companies which give employment to boys from
the 'Conway'" provide a picture of an apparently healthy British
Merchant Navy in 1950. It is a large document, which might take
a while to download, but it would be worth the effort. It is available here.
Peter Wheeler has kindly provided a prospectus
produced in the early 1950s by the Nautical College, Pangbourne.
This document splits neatly into two parts, and the first part
provides a valuable amount of written information about the College;
eight scholarships are listed as available, and there is also a
list containing an impressive total of fifty-six "steamship
companies into whose service ex-Pangbourne cadets have entered".
Part one is available here.
The second part of the prospectus produced
in the early 1950s by the Nautical College, Pangbourne, contains
a superb collection of photographs featuring: the college buildings,
the estate, the river frontage, many aspects of college life and
a map of the location. Part two is available here.
Terry Milne has kindly provided a prospectus
produced in 1951 by the Incorporated Thames Nautical Training College
HMS Worcester. It provides a detailed introduction to the training
given by this College, and it includes some excellent photographs.
Whilst it is a large document, which might take a while to download,
it too would be worth the effort. It is available here.
that you may have on British Merchant Navy sea schools would be
most gratefully received.
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